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December 2019

Vivitrol and the FDA


This HND piece takes a look at addiction drug Vivitrol, and how it compares to methadone and buprenorphine. Many have complained that the makers of Vivitrol have marketed almost exclusively to the criminal justice community, and have glossed over potential problems with the drug.

Now, the FDA has gone after Alkermes, the manufacturer, for misleading advertising. Let's just say that the marketing of Vivitrol is a bit light in the ethics department.

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The gift of honey and the benefits of manuka


This HND piece provides plenty of documentation on the efficacy of honey—especially for its antibacterial properties. Before delving into those details, we discuss how honey is produced in the first place. While the antibacterial properties are perhaps the most important, we list several other health benefits of this viscous liquid food.

Then, we discuss the even greater benefits of Manuka honey, and how to make sure that what you purchase is the real deal--since this premium product is often mislabeled.

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